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‘Ammer’ time for a famed boxer’s Ferrari

Henry Cooper's 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard
Henry Cooper’s 365 GT 2+2 at the Fellowship Inn | Coys photos by Martyn Goddard

The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 doesn’t figure to draw the highest bids Monday at Coys’ True Greats auction at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, but its next owner will drive away with a great story.

The car, one of only 55 high-hand-drive models, formerly was owned by British boxer Henry Cooper, who used his famed left hook — “Enry’s ‘Ammer” — to knock down Muhammad Ali in the fourth round of their fight June 18, 1963, when Ali still fought under his given name, Cassius Clay. Continue reading

Formula Juniors return for 2017 Rolex Monterey Reunion

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Steve McQueen driving a Formula Junior at Laguna Seca in 1962 | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Photo

Among the 14 historic race car groups set to run next August 17-20 in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are two groups of Formula Juniors that raced between 1958 and 1963.
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Art auction headlines bode well for upcoming collector car sales

The scene at Sotheby's recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby's photos
The scene at Sotheby’s recent Modernist art auction | Sotheby’s photos

Recent headlines that should be of interest to the collector car community:

Monet’s ‘Grainstack’ Sets Record With $81.4 Million at Auction
Strong Sales at Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction Despite Postelection Jitters
Sotheby’s Stages Robust $276 Million Contemporary Art Sale to Close Out Auction Week
A Richter, Owned by Clapton, Fetches $22 Million at Christie’s
Edvard Munch Leads Sotheby’s $157.7 Million Impressionist Sale Continue reading

Brightwells schedules three 2017 auctions at Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos
Bicester Heritage welcomes Brightwells as resident auction house | Bicester Heritage photos

Bicester Heritage, the former Royal Air Force base in England that has been turned into a 348-acre campus for classic car and vintage aircraft restoration and events, will add auctions to its schedule in 2017 in a partnership with Brightwells.

In business since 1846 and selling art, real estate, livestock, machinery and more, Brightwells added classic car and motorcycle sales to its auction offerings in 2005. Continue reading

Last LaFerrari heads to charity auction this weekend

Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction | Ferrari photo
Unique 500th LaFerrari heading to charity auction in Daytona Beach | Ferrari photo

Original plans called for Ferrari to produce 499 examples of its hybrid-powered LaFerrari. But late this summer, Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne announced that one more LaFerrari, the 500th and final, would be produced and sold for charity.

That charity auction is scheduled for Saturday in Daytona Beach, Florida, as part of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway. Continue reading

Britain’s 2017 royal concours set for Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of excellence in 2017 | Royal concours photos
Hampton Court Palace will host British concours of elegance in 2017 | Royal concours photos

Britain’s Concours of Elegance returns to Hampton Court Palace in 2017. The site of Henry VIII’s riverside retreat also hosted the automotive celebration in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s long reign in 2014.

Established in 2012, the concours features 60 cars posed on the grounds of one of England’s royal castles, with hundreds of other cars and activities staged elsewhere on the property. The concours is scheduled for September 1-3, 2017. Continue reading

‘2,000 Wheels’ auction generates $54.85 million in sales

Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby's photo by Simone Caldirola
Auction fills a space the size of four football fields | RM Sotheby’s photos by Simone Caldirola

The challenge was daunting but the reward was overwhelming as RM Sotheby’s staged the largest sale of a single consignor’s collection in European history with the Duemila Ruote (2,000 Wheels) auction, which posted $54,851,698 in total sales with a 100 percent sell-through rate late last week in Milan, where the AutoClassica classics and sports car show also was taking place. Continue reading

Mossgreen with envy: Australian auction sets records

Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos
Bidders consider their options at the Mossgreen auction preview | Mossgreen photos

With $2.4 million (Australian) in sales, Mossgreen’s recent sale of collector cars, motorcycles and automobilia claims the title as the highest by dollar value classic car auction in the Southern Hemisphere in 2016. In U.S. dollars, the auction did $1.79 million. Continue reading

Mecum Auctions winds up year with Kansas City sale

A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos
A fully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible is a Mecum headliner | Mecum Auctions photos

About 700 collector cars are expected at the Kansas City Convention Center for Mecum Auctions’ final sale of the year December 1-3.

One of two auctions held in Kansas City annually – the first one happened in March – the event has gained a reputation for its accessible collector car offerings, typically averaging around $25,000, as well as some premier classics from Midwest collections. Continue reading